Fable III

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Thought-provoking role-playing game with mature themes.

Xbox 360 2010

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 38 reviews

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age 16+

Different from Fable II and Fable the Journey

In an earlier review of Fable II, I wrote that I thought it was odd the game was rated not for kids. The "adult" sorts of things in that game were presented in a manner that was thoughtful and a great way to engage teens in all kinds of discussions. This game doesn't really have that value: it is as though a group of drunken frat boys took over Fable II and changed all the choices from two thoughtful ones to sophomoric or more sophomoric. For instance, in Fable II you can have (offscreen) sex with a character, and you face the consequences both physically (pregnancy or STDs) and emotionally (partners can become attached to you and are hurt if you ignore them.) In Fable III, prostitutes encourage you to have a three-way. In Fable II, you amuse crowds with a goofy Cossak-style dance - in Fable III, you grab the person you're interacting with and pull them into a lampoon of Dirty Dancing. In Fable II, while there's fighting, it's fairly asceptic - in Fable III, enemies die in a blood explosion. The changes in the style of the game were unneccessary and diminish its value; instead of it being a journey of self-exploration and discovery, it's just a typical slash-and-bash. I will say, the voice work is absolutely excellent in all the Fable games, which is refreshing.
age 11+

Nice game

Good game for mature tweens. Some of the cutcenes in this game are inapropriate but they CAN be skipped. This game is a great way to learn to take responsibility by keeping your kingdom in order and keeping criminals in prison, adopting orphans, breaking up fights, saving peoples lives from bandits, etc. But you can be evil and avoid good decisions.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Release date: October 26, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Language, Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol, Violence
  • Last updated: February 4, 2020

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